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30 First Ladies converge at KICC for cancer conference

20 July 2015, 10:25 Pauline Nyumu

Nairobi - 30 First Ladies from the continent, under their umbrella First Ladies Against Breast and Cervical Cancer, are expected to attend the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference at KICC.

The conference is organized by the office of the First Lady and the Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Princess Nikky Breast Cancer Foundation under the theme: ‘Investing to Save Lives: The Role of Public-Private Sector Partnerships’.

On Sunday, the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted 10 First Ladies who had already arrived for the three-day Conference to a Cocktail party at Intercontinental Hotel.

She urged the delegates to utilize the conference and come up with solutions that are required to stop the menace of cancer so as to improve the lives of the people in the continent.

Read Also: Kenyans asked to go for free cancer screening at KICC

While setting up a free cancer screening facility at KICC last week Thursday, Margaret revealed that cancer is the third cause of deaths in Kenya.

“This harsh reality therefore calls for concerted efforts aimed at promoting cancer prevention, early detection, improved diagnosis and treatment including palliative care,” she said while calling Kenyans to turn up for screening, which is part of the activities around the conference.

Kenya was nominated to host the conference when it was last held in Windhoek Namibia last year.

The conference is well aligned to the First Lady’s endeavor to promote the well-being of Kenyans through enhancing affordable health services to all Kenyans, and ends on Tuesday.

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